Name: Scott Henderson
Why are you running for public office?
To have the privilege of being part of moving the city forward, bringing common sense and accountability to the folks of Nanaimo.
What three priorities are important to you and how do you plan to tackle these issues if elected?
Fiscal responsibility: evaluate how taxes are spent, encourage business growth through appropriate wait times for permits and licensing, and by supporting established business and homeowners through appropriate property tax rates. Transportation: develop a transportation plan which includes bike paths planned with purpose and consistency, evaluate bus routes and encourage bus use driven by passenger needs, and further develop the downtown parking plan with merchant consultation. Health and wellness: to continue to promote a vast hiking and mountain bike trail system, encourage park use, beach access and outdoor activity.
How do you plan to manage taxes and spending?
With common sense. We need to encourage new business in the city to spread the tax load. We need to look at the possibility of using the practice of attrition with the city staff in departments where there are obvious redundancies.
What do you think it takes to lead Nanaimo? Describe your leadership or co-working style.
Vision for Nanaimo’s future, co-operation with city staff, leadership with city staff, building community within council, clear understanding of roles, finger on pulse of community.